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Hey guys, still working on first 22 pages. Almost done.  Not much to say here this time.  Usually I try to find something interesting in the differences between Korea and the US.  But busy at work.

 

However, if there are any artists out there, you should check out digital webbing’s forum.  It’s a great site and community of artists.  I’ve found some work there for anthologies, and the criticism is always constructive and useful.  Plus you get to see others work and their process/ideas.

I posted a few pages from Chewy, go visit if you want: https://digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=181605

 

Broccoli Bully

The language differences between Korean and English are interesting too.

 

They use many english words but pronounce them differently.  Since their accents aren’t as ranged, they have trouble understanding even a slight difference in pronunciation , like Broccoli. My brother said he went to a market and asked for it the english way (Bra-ca-li) not the Korean way (Bro-co-li).  They ended up giving him Korean rice wine pronounced Ma-ka-li.

He also noticed english is more aggressive.  We have a word for a kid that picks on other kids- Bully.  In Korean they have a word for the kid that gets picked on, not the kid that is doing the picking.

 

Anyways, almost done with the first chapter of Chewy Noh.  The frame above is from the most recent page.

Jump rope will make you taller

A lot of Koreans are short- particularly girls.  My brother told me that for some reason a common myth passed down to children is jumping rope will make you taller- because you’re fighting gravity.  He would tell them he never did much jump rope and they were amazed (He is over 6 feet tall).

 

Koreans used to take pride in their small stature.  There was a Korean saying “ A smaller pepper is hotter”, but that idea has faded with Korea’s application of Western ideals in the past 30 plus years.  They even have clinics where parents send their too short offspring to stretch (and probably jump rope) to get taller.  Short kids are made fun of here in the states but there they have the belief that tall boys will have greater job prospects and better suited wives.  Researching this phenomenon, I read that parents would shell upwards of 800 dollars a week to these clinics that are all over South Korea.  Some even get growth hormone shots.

 

Their K-Pop idols aren’t helping. They all tall and present that height is a status symbol. Ironically, since South Korea’s advancement from being a third world countries, on average Korean boy’s heights have increased 3.5 inches, girls 2 inches.  Largely from better nutrition I would assume.

 

It’s interesting to see what South Korea obsesses about, as America already went through its “growing pains” as a country and for all given purposes still hold on to some of the stigma from a few of them.  Our children look up to pop idols.  Our children are still told to not go in the rain for fever of catching a cold. And we pass judgment on short men in fancy cars as compensating for height (among other things.)  Me personally, I still get asked if I am a basketball player, even as an adult. While some things change, some will always be the same.

Adding Color

Now that I am done with the full roughs of the book, I’m prepping the pages for the printers.  That way I can hold it in my hands and get a feel or better sense of what adjustments will need to be made.

I’m also working out my color plan.  Sacco was greyscale, so I didn’t need to think about this too much.  I’ve ben screens hotting color swatches and panels from comics as I’ve been getting close to the ends of the roughs.  One colorist I really enjoy is Matt Wilson.  His work on the series, Paper Girls.

Each scene has their own color swatches that don’t necessarily follow real world colors (e.g.- the key above is purple tinted, but actually is silver colored).  Matt is one of the best in the business right now.  Just look at any page of this book and the color enhances Chaing’s already great artwork to such a higher level.  Three elements of his style I want to incorporate into Chewy Now.

  1. I like how he doesn’t go to overboard with shadows and yet still presents a complex scene.  This hopefully will reduce the amount of work on my end.
  2. The word balloons don’t have the traditional black outline and creates a nice push of the white on the surrounding colors.
  3. He uses this technique called “knockouts” on the inked line of the face, such as the nose and cheek lines to create subtle depth in figures.

The top figure of the post is one of my color tests. And same with the below.

Household Differences

In the past, Koreans would place small fires under the sides of their homes.  This in turn would heat the wood floors and keep them warm.

In present day that method of heating a room is similar, albeit without small dangerous fires under their buildings. But the same effect is had. Heating rooms thru the floorboards instead of blasting heat into the air as we do in the west, where we dry everything out. It is one of the things Koreans do far better than their western counterparts. 

 

My brother mentioned to me another aspect of Korean culture that is missing here in the west.  Drains in bathrooms. I’m not talking about in the tub or the sink (or if you really consider it- the toilet). This drain is in the center of the room.

It seems weird at first, but think about it.  Bathrooms get disgusting. Sometimes quickly.  It’d be far easier to just hose the room down and have the dirty water go down the drain in the floor.  I brought up this idea to people here in New York and they agreed.  We are doing this wrong when it comes to bathrooms.

Anyways, one scene left to rough before I am done and ready to edit and finalize. Getting pumped.

 

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